Comments and Discussion
This trip is limited to members who are WEC. Registration for every trip is always conditional upon final approval by the TO. The TO may communicate with you to assess whether your skills & equipment are appropriate for the conditions.Signups will be done at the event.
Narrative: Our destination is James Island, a Washington State Park accessible only by boat. This small island has 1.5 miles of hiking trails and vault toilets. We’ll plan on a leisurely lunch so that our return takes advantage of favorable currents through either Lopez Pass or Thatcher Pass. Our trip may circumnavigate Decatur Island for a total of 15 miles, or we can retrace our outgoing route for a total of about 12 miles.
Launch at 10:30 a.m. from Hunter Bay County Dock. Go through Lopez Pass about 11:30 a.m. to noon with a 1.5 knot current flowing east, the direction of our travel. Following lunch on James Island, we will return via Lopez Pass at about 3 p.m., close to slack, or we will circumnavigate Decatur Island via Thatcher Pass. Thatcher Pass will have about a 0.7 knot flow going east to west in the direction of our travel at 1:30 p.m. All travel will be close to the islands we are paddling next to.
Meeting Time: 9:45:00 AM
Launch Time: 10:30:00 AM
Type of activity: Paddle Trip
Put in: Hunter Bay County Dock
Take out: Hunter Bay County Dock
Route Alternative for bad weather: TBD
Minimum Immersion protection: Drysuit
Primary Organizer: Chris Mayou
Assistant Organizer(s): Joe Howell
Has organizer paddled here before? No
Has organizer led an OOPS paddle here before? No
Organizer's first aid and CPR current? Yes
First Aid /CPR Person:
Maximum number of paddlers: TBD at Event
I certify that I understand and will conduct this activity in accordance with the OOPS Activity Policy: Yes
Estimated Air Temperature: 65
Estimated Water Temperature: 54
Estimated Water Time (including breaks/lunch): 5 hours
Tide times & heights: High tide 9:40 a.m. 6.39 ft. Low tide 2:27 pm 4.1 ft.
Current information: Lopez Pass Currents
+ current flows west on flood, and – current flows east on ebb.
Thatcher Pass is 2 hours later and ½ the current flows.
2018-09-14 Fri 9:15 AM PDT -0.0 knots Slack, Ebb Begins
2018-09-14 Fri 11:51 AM PDT -1.5 knots Max Ebb
2018-09-14 Fri 3:11 PM PDT 0.0 knots Slack, Flood Begins
2018-09-14 Fri 5:05 PM PDT 1.7 knots Max Flood
2018-09-14 Fri 8:23 PM PDT -0.0 knots Slack, Ebb Begins
Hazards: Shipping traffic
Wind strength: Level 1: 0-7 knots (8 mph)
Swell/Surf size: Level 1: Under 1' waves, no breaking waves
Sea state: Level 1: Waves up to the deck seam; water glassy to rippled, no whitecaps
Landing types: Level 2: Frequent landing opportunities including docks or moderate sloping banks, brush or overhanging trees
Currents: Level 2: Mild currents (up to 2 knots): current increases / decreases group speed by half
Total distance: Level 3: 11 to 15 miles
Open crossing: Level 2: Less than 1 mile
Overall rating: Level 2
Rating Comments: Level could change depending on weather
Location (Optional): Hunter Bay County Dock. 24 Crab Island Rd, Lopez Island, WA 98261
Oregon Ocean Paddling SocietyPortland, Oregon